“Brick Mansions,” starring Paul Walker, David Belle, and RZA had its Blu-Ray and DVD release on September 9th, 2014. This action-packed film grossed just over $20 million in the one month it played in most box offices, with $10 million on the opening weekend.
This movie is closely related to another David Belle film titled, “District B13.” If you happened to catch that film, you will absolutely love “Brick Mansions.” The movie is set in 2018 in one of the biggest criminal cities in America, Detroit. The crime has been extremely bad in recent years in a part of the city known as the Brick Mansions. The Detroit Police Department even had to build a giant wall to section off this abandoned, hopeless part of the city.
A man by the name of Tremain (RZA) runs the brick mansions and owns everything within. He wants to have the rest of the city under his jurisdiction as well. Early on in the film, you find out that Tremain had murdered the father of Damien Collier (Paul Walker), and Damien wants revenge. Paul Walker was renowned for playing characters similar to Damien, an undercover cop. He spends his whole career attempting to take down Tremain with no such luck.
An ex-convict who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, named Lino (David Belle), seems to be in Tremaine’s way. After recently getting out of prison again, Lino plans to live a happy life away from the brick mansions. Shortly after being released, Lino finds out that Tremain has kidnapped his girlfriend. Damien and Lino become unexpected allies, as Damien has locked up Lino personally multiple times. For the sake of taking down a threat like Tremaine, the two work together to liberate the city from his tyranny.
This film is full of action and numerous crazy stunts, mainly performed by David Belle. However, Paul Walker never looked better while performing some wild moves of his own. The movie truly has great action and stunts and will not let down anyone wanting to see a film full of action and parkour. The movie definitely benefited from having the name of Paul Walker on the cover, however. The story line is mediocre at best and is almost a direct remake of the film, “District B13,” as mentioned previously. If you look beyond the fact that the storyline is basic and focus on the greatness Paul Walker and David Belle bring to the table, you will truly enjoy the movie.
The movie, “Neighbors,” came out on DVD and Blu-Ray September 23rd, was directed by Nick Stroller, and grossed over 150 million dollars! You definitely won’t be disappointed in this film starring Seth Rogen, Rose Bryne, Dave Franco, and, my favorite, Zac Efron!
Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Bryne) are just getting settled into their new house and neighborhood with their little baby, Stella. They are happy and comfortable, getting used to parenthood and adulthood in general when some unlikely neighbors, the members of a fraternity, move in next door. Mac and Kelly, worried about their child’s sleeping patterns and up-bringing, confront their new neighbors, Teddy (Efron), the fraternity president, and his side-kick, Pete (Franco), smoothly asking them to keep it down. The boys are happy to oblige, but on one condition; that the parents do not call the cops. After Mac and Kelly join the boys in a night of wild fun, the neighbors seem to be getting along great. Kelly and Mac are able to feel young and free again, but they can’t forget their daughter and their responsibilities. So, after a sleepless night due to their loud neighbors, the parents are left with no choice but to break the one condition. The police are called, and their once calm and happy life is turned upside-down. A feud has begun.
The rest of the movie pretty much goes on from there. With payback after payback, and scheme after scheme, it will keep you laughing and interested for sure. From Seth Rogen and Rose Bryne’s comical behavior and attempts to get into the minds of college students to Zac Efron and his crew’s immature frat-boy behavior, you definitely won’t be disappointed. One thing I would point out though is that there are quite a few inappropriate parts, and this is by no means a family or kid’s movie. But it is definitely a great comedy for the more mature crowd! I give this film 3 popcorn kernels!